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Old 04-25-2017, 04:40 AM   #1
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Default 2003 WRX no dash lights or tail lights

So here's the deal, my daytime running lights (DRL) and all dash/cluster lights won't work.

For electronics this is all it has,
I put a set of nicer style headlights in, quality isn't the best and I have a 2004 gauge cluster. That's it.

After installing the headlights my DRL fuse blew once and I replaced it and it was good since. My wife went over a curbed median a couple weeks ago and bent the 2 from rims and popped the drivers headlight and blew the fuse but everything else appears to be fine, just last week she was driving home at night and noticed that the dash lights weren't on and when she got home, I also noticed the tails weren't on either unless she hit the brake pedal. I replaced the headlights fuse and the headlights work, the highbeams work, all 4 corner blinkers work, hazards work, brake lights work and reverse lights work. No DRL or tails. Dash clock, stock radio screen, dash warning lights, dome lights all work.

Here's what I have done:

-I checked the evil switch on the steering column..nope lol
-I have read every forum I could find about this topic, either A they won't ever post how they fixed the problem, or B won't ever show any good diagrams.
-I checked all fuses about 5 times, they're all good...BUT in the interior fuse box, the tail and illumination fuse aren't getting any power...hmm
-I turn the key on and turn the dial on the left side to the DRL position of the column multifunction switch and I hear a relay click, it's the inner relay BEHIND the interior fuse box if you unbolt it.
-I twist it to the second position for the headlights and I can hear the headlight relay click by the passenger kick pannel behind the glovebox.

I have no clue what relays are what or where all of them are located and can't find any good relay diagrams with pinouts or locations or hell, even any good things to try or test. Simply, I'm stuck and lost.

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you for reading.
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:41 AM   #2
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How are you checking fuses? You really should meter them, some can be blown but look OK.

Did you check fuses under the hood as well?
Did you check that all relays are fully seated? A hit hard enough to kill 2 rims may have loosened relays or other connections.
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:45 AM   #3
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:48 AM   #4
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How are you checking fuses? You really should meter them, some can be blown but look OK.

Did you check fuses under the hood as well?
Did you check that all relays are fully seated? A hit hard enough to kill 2 rims may have loosened relays or other connections.
I agree about the hard hit, but they went out atleast 3 weeks later. I metered all the fuses and they all get 12v except for the 2 that get nothing.
I checked all the relays and fuses under the hood as well and they are also good. But I am not sure where the dedicated DRL relays are, wire colors, etc..
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:24 AM   #5
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Bump, I can't figure this out
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:11 AM   #6
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Fuse 5 interior box is the tail and illumination fuse, right?
It gets power from the switch on top of the steering column.
You said you tested that switch - you checked for power, or you checked continuity between the contacts?

Pin 1 gets power from MB fuse 7, and sends it down pin 4 to FB fuse 5 when turned ON.
Pin 2 gets power from the tail and illumination relay when the headlight switch is turned on, and sends it down pin 4 to FB fuse 5 when the column switch is OFF.

If you're not getting power at fuse 5 with the column switch in either position, most likely the switch is bad, but it's possible you've got two issues.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:53 PM   #7
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Fuse 5 interior box is the tail and illumination fuse, right?
It gets power from the switch on top of the steering column.
You said you tested that switch - you checked for power, or you checked continuity between the contacts?

Pin 1 gets power from MB fuse 7, and sends it down pin 4 to FB fuse 5 when turned ON.
Pin 2 gets power from the tail and illumination relay when the headlight switch is turned on, and sends it down pin 4 to FB fuse 5 when the column switch is OFF.

If you're not getting power at fuse 5 with the column switch in either position, most likely the switch is bad, but it's possible you've got two issues.
So I ended up unplugging the headlights after a headlight fuse and another blew and then replaced them and then everything worked haha. put the stock headlights back in and currently working on what the cause was within the new headlights.

but hey, its fixed.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:55 PM   #8
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Iím having this exact problem in an 03 impreza and am trying to figure out where the tail and illumination relay is? No power to the same fuses as well no matter the position of the switch
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